October 20, 2017

Riverside students learn about career options during Manufacturing Day at Linn Benton Community College

From: Marcia Latta

Riverside High School students participated in Manufacturing Day at Linn Benton Community College on Oct. 6. The event, sponsored by the Albany Chamber of Commerce Pipeline to Jobs project, helps students learn about high-demand manufacturing careers and community college training programs. Students joined other high school students in the community to tour local companies, speak to employers and learn about skills to help them get hired and advance in a career.
Seven students who are in the Young Women’s Transition Program toured Albany-based Wood Castle Furniture in the morning and then spent the day at the college touring five college programs.
Wood Castle has developed a manufacturing process to make fine furniture as efficiently as possible. During the factory tour, students observed each step in the process. Chief Operating Officer Scott Pierson hosted the tour and emphasized that manufacturing careers provide good wages to workers who work hard and continue to learn throughout their careers.
Teacher Greg McGowan accompanied the students. “I think the message from the Wood Castle was a good reminder that students can take control of their future by learning skills and developing a good work ethic,” he said.
After the tours, students returned to LBCC to learn more about LBCC programs that train students for local jobs. Students toured program areas for Machine Tool, Mechatronics, CADD, Welding and Non-Destructive Testing programs.
Principal Joy Koenig said one of the goals at Riverside High School is to expose students to career options that they can pursue when they leave. “We understand that the transition to independent living – and to adulthood – can be stressful, and even scary,” she said. “But the opportunities are also exciting. We want to help students learn skills and earn college credits when they are with us, so they can be prepared for success in the future.”
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